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Is Marijuana As Dangerous As Other Schedule 1 Drugs?

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, January, 29th 2015 by THCFinder
marijuana-vs-scheduled-one-drugsThe short answer? No. Most people recognize the fact that marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as the other drugs that the government has lumped them in with. Considering the deterioration of the human body when introduced to something like heroin, marijuana seems as harmless as a seashell. Yet the plant is still under the classification of a Schedule 1 substance, saying that it is as dangerous as heroin and that it contains virtually no medicinal value. Of course, this ridiculous claim has been proven by many different studies to be untrue. Cannabis holds the potential to help many illnesses and diseases that are currently untreatable or treated with more dangerous substances, such as drugs closely related to heroin. 
 
 
Recently, during a case involving alleged marijuana growers in Northern California, US District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller held a five day hearing late last year in order to determine whether or not the Schedule 1 classification was unconstitutional, as the defendants contend. Even though this subject has to be brought up by a judge, it should be common sense to see that marijuana and heroin have virtually nothing in common and lumping them in to the same category is just unfair. 
 
 
Even though there are 23 states that have allowed the use of marijuana for medical reasons, the feds still defend the classification of the plant as a Schedule 1 substance. They claim that there are not enough long term studies available to see what the long term effects of the plant are. Their argument goes on to include the idea that marijuana may have long term health risks that should keep in in the Schedule 1 classification. But as well all know, celebrities like Cheech and Chong have been smoking for years without any ill effects and Chong even beat cancer using cannabis oil as part of his treatment. Thankfully, Congress and Obama passed legislation saying that the federal government cannot use funding in order to enforce marijuana laws in states that allow medical marijuana. This ended prohibition on medical marijuana in every state that currently allows it. 

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Obama And Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, January, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
obama-and-cannabisWith the recent 2015 State of the Union speech, people are wondering why there was absolutely no mention of the most popular plant in the news today. While cannabis has been proven to not only be a benefit in a medical sense but also in an industrial one, the President didn’t even mention marijuana once in his speech, leading many marijuana supporters to be disappointed. The speech contained many topics that could benefit from marijuana, much like the following quotes.
 
 
“That’s what middle-class economics is - the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. We don’t just want everyone to share in America’s success - we want everyone to contribute to our success.”
 
 
Cannabis is legal in a number of states and medical in many more but the White House has repeatedly tried to stop the growth of this new industry. If everyone is to get their fair share, why not allow those in the cannabis industry to contribute as well? Provided they follow specific rules and guidelines, they should be just as well respected as other industries.
 
 
“So no one knows for certain which industries will generate jobs in the future.”
 
 
Many people are aware of the fact that legalizing marijuana would create hundreds if not thousands of jobs for people. From growers to trimmers to dispensary workers, marijuana would not only rake in revenue but prove people with employment in good environments. In a recent estimate, the marijuana industry was expected to add 200,000+ jobs to the workforce in 2015. And as marijuana expands and begins to grow as a business, there are surely only more jobs to be created. 
 
 
“When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new.”
 
 
This part of the speech was enraging to activists of marijuana everywhere. For the last fifty years, the government has worked their asses off to prevent people from ingesting a harmless plant. They’ve spent millions of dollars on propaganda, most of it nonsense, along with “educational programs” designed to teach kids about the dangers of the plant, not to mention the people that are serving jail time. Marijuana prohibition has done nothing but hurt this country and for Obama not to mention it during this part of the speech is astounding and shocking.
 
 
“As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice.”
 
 
There are thousands of people that are in jail or have a record because of a nonviolent marijuana related offense. From possession of a resin stained pipe to cancer patients that tried to grow their own medicine, no one is safe from prosecution because of marijuana. While these people have done nothing to hurt anyone and have simply just been in possession of a plant, they suffer life-long consequences that can prevent them from living life normally. Justice? Not so much.

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Cigarette Use Among Teens Is Down

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, January, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
teen-smoking-is-downSince 2013, teenagers have been using cigarettes less and less, while marijuana use continue to be used at rates similar to past years, says a study recently released by the National Institute of Drug Abuse revealed. Additionally, the survey also measured the use of e-cigarettes among teens, which is reported to be increasing significantly. This study, part of the NIDA’s 2014 Monitoring the Future survey, monitors the drug use and attitudes among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. It was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and funded by the NIDA.
 
 
Among eighth graders, those who smoked marijuana stayed around 6.5%. Tenth graders were at about 16.6% and twelfth graders were at 21.2%. But the survey showed that the use of electronic cigarettes is high. In the past month, 8.7% of eighth graders were using them, 16.2% of tenth graders, and 17.1% of twelfth graders. But the smoking of actual cigarettes over the last five years has decreased by nearly 50% across all of the grades studied. 
 
 
With more educational programs available about the use of marijuana, more kids will learn to use the plant responsibly. By just teaching them scare tactics, they become more curious as to what the effects actually are. This leads to them trying it. And while I absolutely have nothing against smoking marijuana, I do believe that people should wait until they are at least 18 years old to begin smoking it, especially regularly, unless directed by a doctor. By teaching kids about marijuana early, with the facts rather than lies, it is more likely they will be smart about when they begin smoking.
 
 
And while the decrease in cigarette smoking is definitely a great thing, the rise in electronic cigarette use is something to keep an eye on. While it is said that these new pieces of technology are supposed to be healthier, the long term effects aren’t really known and can possibly be just as bad as cigarettes. Unfortunately, this is something that we’ll know until later in our lives. Along with that, just because kids are using electronic cigarettes doesn’t mean they’re not hooked on nicotine, which definitely isn’t a good thing either.

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Fourth Species of Marijuana?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, January, 27th 2015 by THCFinder
fourth-species-of-marijuana-possibly-foundWhile new strains of the cannabis plant pop up daily, there are only three species of the plant that have been known to us this far. However, scientists in Australia think that they have stumbled upon a new type of cannabis plant, deep in the Blue Mountains. The scientists say that while the plant underwent many tests in order to prove it’s relation, it looks nothing like the cannabis plant when it comes to the leaves. The plant somewhat resembles cannabis and that’s why it was turned over by the hikers who found it to the scientists. 
 
 
After the tests were done, the results showed the the species is resistant to freezing temperatures and grows more like a shrub, without the shape of most cannabis plants. According to researcher Christopher Pool, countless cannabis breeders have been offering up to $2,000 per seed but the issue is that there are no seeds. “We only have one plant,” Pool said. “We’ve exhausted our funding trying to find another like it.” With a bleak outlook on finding another one of these mysterious cousins of cannabis, it is unsure whether another plant will even be found that is the same kind. After searching the area around the plant, there were no more to be found. Considering that seeds can be moved quiet easily through nature, the seed could’ve come from a bird dropping, wind, or other means. The rest of this species could be hundreds of miles away in a different location.
 
 
So even though stoners everywhere are clamoring to get their hands on the new species of cannabis that’s out there, it may be some time before we get some crazy couch locking plant that’s nothing like what we’ve been smoking. It will take a while for scientists to comb through the mountains to find a new one, if they even do. The seed could have come from miles away and not even be native to that part of the continent. While the new mystery plant remains shrouded in smoke, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for some beast species of marijuana to be stuck inside of our jars some day soon.

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Sharing A Joint Could Be A Felony

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, January, 26th 2015 by THCFinder
sharing-a-joint-would-be-a-felonyWhen you’re smoking marijuana, you never really take in to consideration what it would be considered when you pass the bong/blunt/joint/pipe to the person next to you. In your mind, you’re simply sharing a great green plant with someone who you like enough to smoke and share weed with. While you’re hanging out with your best friend or your partner and you hand them the smoking device or perhaps share a bite of an edible with them in the state of Washington, you could be looking at a felony if anyone were to find out what terrible act you just committed. 
 
 
In the state of Washington, passing a smoking apparatus to someone next to you is considered felony distribution. By simply even thinking about passing the bong to even your legally married husband or wife, you could potentially be looking at up to five years in jail and about $10,000 on top of lawyer fees. You would also be disqualified from any federal programs. Not to mention, you’ll never really be able to get a good job again. Some fast food places won’t even hire you if you have a prior drug conviction, even if it was nonviolent and only involving marijuana. 
 
 
Having such an odd law in the state of Washington, especially where marijuana is legal, this is a very terrible conflict of laws. Of course, we all know that the federal government doesn’t recognize the fact that some states have legalized marijuana and continued to raid dispensaries and grow ops, even after President Obama advised them to stop bothering states with working marijuana systems. With the passing of the new laws, federal governments cannot use funding to raid businesses that are involved in marijuana that are in states that have a system. 
 
 
Something as simple as passing a blunt to someone you love shouldn’t be a felony. There are so many contradictory laws and regulations involving the plant. Time will tell whether these issues will get better or worse. If people aren’t allowed to pass joints to the ones they love at the risk of being thrown in jail, chances are that they will continue to buy black market cannabis because they will distrust the government’s marijuana programs.

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Iowa Cancer Patient Dies After Conviction

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, January, 26th 2015 by THCFinder
iowa-cancer-patient-dies-after-convictionLastJuly, there was a 49 year old man, Benton Mackenzie, who was put on trail for growing medical marijuana in order to make an oil for treatment for a rare form of cancer that he was suffering from. Both Benton and his wife were convicted of marijuana manufacturing and conspiracy. Their son Cody was convicted of drug possession. When the trial ended and the verdict came through, the family was sentenced to probation rather than prison. But even though the sentencing left the family out of jail, Benton’s health began to deteriorate after the sentencing in September.
 
 
After the conviction was made, Benton began to travel to Oregon in order to get his medical marijuana treatment. His affliction was something known as severe angiosarcoma. This rare and aggressive form of cancer produces large skin lesions. Even though Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a law last year saying that marijuana CBD derived oil was legal for the use of epilepsy, Benton didn’t qualify since he suffered from cancer. 
 
 
Patients such as Benton need to get access to the medicine that they need. Regular treatments sometimes just don’t cut it. For such aggressive and invasive forms of cancer such as angiosarcoma, chemo might not be an option. If medical marijuana oil works for these sick people, there is no reason as to why they shouldn’t have it. Specifically focusing on epilepsy in Iowa causes cancer patients to be cast aside, forced to treat their illness with more destructive methods like chemo. Benton’s mother, Dottie Mackenzie, told papers that Benton was “at peace” with his disease and the conviction when he died.

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